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Lucy Railton – Two-Day Residency
"The dominant, traditional, western notation is only one aspect among many forms of expression in the field. We are interested in unconventional notational formats and graphic scores, as these represent visions of sound shapes that are open to diverse, idiosyncratic ways of interpreting and working. Works in which improvisation, composition, interpretation, performance and sound art merge require relevant modes of representation.In this first edition of Graphème artists Tomomi Adachi, Lotte Anker, Tony Buck & Lloyd Swanton, Marina Cyrino, Tina Douglas, Mazen Kerbaj, Magda Mayas, Phill Niblock, Jon Rose, Ute Wassermann and Nate Wooley work with photography, drawing, graphics, mixed media and object scores, finding ways to notate and share personal techniques and sonic elements.
We intend to offer a much needed alternative to most current modes of publishing in a practical, accessible and approachable way.In addition to the publication of Graphème, smallest functional unit plan to present concerts, symposia and a festival within which composers will be given the opportunity to reflect and discuss their work."
smallest functional unit was founded in 2020 by Tony Buck, Mazen Kerbaj, Magda Mayas, Ute Wassermann and Racha Gharbieh with the aim of performing and publishing unconventional, hybrid notational formats and graphic scores by international composers. The publication will appear as Graphème, a series with a thematic focus
smallest functional unit – Graphème - a publication for experimental musical scores (issue 1)
A focus on stretching and altering resonances as they leave the body of a drum or the surface of a cymbal, and re-incorporating them as accents and key statements in a realm of pulse and cycle. That which is actually in a state of decay becomes propelled forward as a fixture in the sonic environment.
Leo Suarez / drum set, mixer and objects
Recorded and mixed by Leo Suarez, December 2020Mastered by Nathan Corder
Leo Suarez – Circle Tension
By dubbing raw field recordings and recording the live playback, Kostkiewicz transforms the mixing console into a modular synthesizer. Harnessing these sometimes unruly temporalities, the album invokes conflicting extremities, a dying dub pulse or the sense of melting ice. By playing with his listeners (the acoustic masquerading as electronic) he addresses larger questions about identity and personhood amidst widespread ecological collapse.
Kostkiewics is also the guitarist in the band KURWS.
Composed & mixed in Wroc?aw, 2020Mastered by Piotr ZabrodzkiThanks to Paulina and Daniel Bro?ek (Canti Spazializzati)Album funded by the scholarship program of the Mayor of Wroc?awPhotography by Ryotaro Kawashima
Hubert Kostkiewicz – Emergetyki
Processed and unprocessed field recordings and percussionPlayed and recorded during the summer of 2020Mastered by Brice KartmannSoundtrack for the movie "La Remuée" by Fabien Delisle(except Pour l'horizontal and Serf)Photography by Matthias Urban
Jean-Baptise Geoffroy – Stress Hydrique
Léo Dupleix / upright piano, sine tones, vibrating speakers Julien Pontvianne / tenor saxWalter Forestiere / floor tom and variable sonic objects
Recorded July 5th 2018 Paris, FranceSpecial thanks to Jean-Brice Godet for the walls and windowsPhotography by Matthias Urban
Dupliex - Forestiere - Pontvianne – Geographies of Breath
All Music by Masami AkitaRecorded & Mixed at Munemihouse, Tokyo February 2021
Merzbow – Kazakiribane